It’s no secret that returning pound-for-pound king and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones doesn’t have the best relationship with reigning title holder Daniel “DC” Cormier.
The two possess one of the deepest rivalries in the history of the sport which Jones temporary settled with a unanimous decision victory back at January 2015’s UFC 182.
After running into trouble with the law last April, however, Jones was stripped of his title and Cormier secured the vacant strap at UFC 187.
Originally scheduled to rematch at this weekend’s (April 23, 2016) UFC 197, Jones will now meet No. 6-ranked Ovince St. Preux after Cormier was forced to withdraw with an injury.
Despite the delay, “Bones” and “DC” will most certainly meet in the near future, as their rivalry has only heightened in the previous weeks.
Looking back on Jones’ historic career, it’s also interesting to remember his rivalry with former training partner and former champion “Suga” Rashad Evans, a rivalry that came years before that of Jones and Cormier.
After a hectic build-up, Jones took a unanimous decision over Evans at UFC 145 in 2012. Years later, however, “Bones” is finally confident to say that bad blood is no more between he and “Suga”:
“I think it’s safe to say my beef with Rashad is gone,” Jones told FOX Sports on Thursday. “I won that fight when we fought so if anyone were to have hurt feelings, I’d imagine it would be him.
“Me and Rashad had really great moments before our drama started and those moments both me and him will remember. It was good times.”
As far as whether or not the two will ever train together again, Jones feels as if Evans is ‘too close’ to top 205 pound contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, a man “Bones” will likely meet in the future:
“As far Rashad coming down to Jackson’s, I think he’d be a tremendous training partner, but at the same time I think he’s a little too close to Anthony Johnson,” Jones explained.
Despite their rivalry being put to rest, it doesn’t appear as if the two light heavyweight legends will ever test each other in the training room again.